Just in time for Valentine's Day: my failed proposal to get my girlfriend back

On New Year’s Eve, I found myself lying half naked on the frozen Mississippi river in a dog park. Share your stories of failed romance in the comments

Search “proposal fails” on Google and you get thousands of results with headlines like “10 Marriage Proposal FAILS” and “Top 10 rejected proposal of all time”. Men popping the question on jumbotrons are a favorite of the genre: the public humiliation of some clueless guy rejected in front of thousands, and the resulting “ohhhhh” from the crowd, is pure candy for those seeking their schadenfreude fix.

In the not-so-distant past, when I saw videos like this, I had little sympathy for the men involved (yes, it is usually men doing the proposing). What an ass, I would think, to be so utterly caught up in one’s own grandiosity! You have no clue what your partner wants! How inconsiderate to put someone in that situation.

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